PipeChat Digest #1098 - Monday, September 27, 1999
 
Re: Skinner Organ at Florida State
  by "bud" <budchris@earthlink.net>
Re: Ode To Joy....
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Skinner Organ at Florida State From: bud <budchris@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 21:15:40 -0700   The Choir Harp had been installed by the time I played it in the late = '50s. I know it was there, because that's where I learned the trick of putting the 4' = Celesta on the right hand of "Rejoice, Beloved Christians" ... Dr. Beard played it that = way on a faculty recital, and it was charming, with the cantus firmus in the pedal = on the Solo English Horn, with tremulant.   I can't put my finger on it, but I think there was some kind of 8' flue = (Stentorphone or Gross Flute) on the Solo by that time. Dr. Beard did her best to add = something to the organ everytime she could get her hands on some money.   Since the Echo organ and its console were cut loose and put in the = basement for a practice organ when the organ was moved from Wescott Auditorium to = Oppermann Hall, the Echo knobs on the four-manual console were utilized for an exposed Positiv = division on the brick wall at the rear of the stage. It was never finished (as far as = I know), but the stoplist was something like this:   POSITIV (61 notes, exposed)   16' Quintadena (prepared for) 8' Nason Flute (installed) 4' Prestant (installed)   Dr. Beard told me the rest, but I've forgotten it ... probably at least a = 2', mixture and reed.   The organ never had much presence in the room ... the Swell, Great and = Pedal were installed in a loft ABOVE the proscenium arch (with no direct tonal egress = into the auditorium) on the left-hand side of the stage; the Solo and Choir were in = a similar loft opposite. If I'm not mistaken, the Swell organ shutters didn't even = face into the stage area, but rather at a solid brick wall.   The Nason Flute and Prestant on the back wall were a TREMENDOUS help ... = the first thing one did when registering a piece was to couple at least the Nason = Flute to EVERYTHING, to give some "presence" to the sound.   I remember the Solo French Horn and English Horn as being particularly = outstanding ... I don't know if the voicing was altered in the move, but the diapasons and = flutes were NOT outstanding, even of type ... as I recall, they were rather loud and = coarse. The Erzahler, of course, was heavenly. All in all, it was not one of Skinner's = greatest works.   I played it for a performance of the operetta "The Headless Horseman" (I = think it was), substituting for the absent orchestra ... THAT was fun, and of = course the singers on STAGE could hear it PERFECTLY. The lightning and thunder = effects (rocking up and down the Solo keyboard with the Tuba drawn, and standing on the = pedals with the resultant drawn) were OUTSTANDING (grin).   Cheers,   Bud     Will Scarboro wrote:   > Dear List, > > I thought you might enjoy seeing the stoplist of the organ that = used to be > here at Florida State before our present Holtkamp was installed. > > Skinner Organ Company Opus 473 1924 Florida State College for = Women > (now University) > > Great Organ - 61 pipes > > Bourdon 16' (Pedal Extension) > 1st Diapason 8' > 2nd Diapason 8' > Claribel Flute 8' > Erzahler 8' > Octave 4' > Flute 4' (prepared) > Twelfth 2 2/3' (prepared) > Fifteenth 2' (prepared) > Tromba 8' > Clarion 4' (prepared) > Chimes > > Swell Organ - Enclosed - 73 pipes except where noted > > Bourdon 16' > Diapason 8' > Gedeckt 8' > Salicional 8' > Voix Celeste 8' > Viol d' Orchestre 8' (prepared) > Viol Celeste (prepared) > Flauto Dolce 8' > Flute Celeste 8' 61 pipes > Flute 4' > Octave 4' (prepared) > Flautino 2' > Mixture IV (prepared) > Posaune 16' (prepared) > Cornopean 8' > Flugel Horn 8' > Vox Humana 8' > Clarion 4' > Tremolo > > Choir Organ - Enclosed - 73 pipes except where noted > > Dulciana 16' (prepared) > Diapason 8' > Concert Flute 8' > Dulciana 8' > Unda Maris 8' 61 pipes > Flute d' Amour 4' > Nazard 2 2/3' (prepared) > Piccolo 2' (prepared) > Clarinet 8' > Orchestral Oboe 8' (prepared) > Harp 8' (prepared) > Celesta 4' (prepared) > Tremolo > > Solo Organ - Enclosed - 73 pipes > > Gross Gedeckt 8' (prepared) > Gamba 8' > Gamba Celeste 8' > English Horn 8' > French Horn 8' > Tuba Mirabilis 8' > Tremolo > > Echo Organ (prepared) > > Chimney Flute 8' > Flute Celeste 8' > Vox Humana 8' > Chimes > Tremolo > > Pedal Organ > > Resultant 32' > Diapason 16' > Violone 16' (prepared) > Bourdon 16' > Dulciana 16' (prepared) > Echo Bourdon 16' (Sw) > Octave 8' > Violoncello 8' (prepared) > Gedeckt 8' > Still Gedeckt 8' (Sw) > Super Octave 4' > Flute 4' > Trombone 16' > Posaune 16' (prepared) > Tromba 8' > Clarion 4' > > All stops marked prepared were never installed. Echo organ added by > Skinner in 1931. > > 1931 Echo Addition > > Rohrflote 8' > String Celeste 8' - 2 ranks > Gemshorn 8' > Vox Humana 8' > Pedal Bourdon 16' > > This organ was also duplexed in to a two manual practice organ. > > As you can see the organ would have been fairly compleat if = everything had > been installed. Parts of this organ were used in the additions to the > Skinner at Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. > > Will Scarboro > > Will Scarboro, Organ Historian > American Municipal Pipe Organ Research Project > 1996 OHS E. Power Biggs Fellow > Student - Florida State University School of Music > Home of the Mighty Holtkamp > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org    
(back) Subject: Re: Ode To Joy.... From: Noel Stoutenburg <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 23:48:19 -0500   Carlo Pietroniro wrote:   > Greetings.............again, > > still nothing on the words "Come sing a song of joy...."? = No > one has these words? I know I've seen them and heard them sung = somewhere. > Any help would be wonderful. Thanks again.   I associate them with the lyrics "Come, Christians, join to sing", a hymn = text by Christian Henry Bateman (1813-1889). I too, have sung this verse, but = the only place I find any of this text is in The Hymnal [PCUSA 1933], which includes only three verses, none of which include these words.   > > > Carlo > > ______________________________________________________ > Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org